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Introduction – The Best Electric Hover Mower

So you have decided that a an electric hover mower may be the one for you. But, there are so many hover mowers available on the UK market today, that choosing one can be fraught with confusion and decisions that will need to be made to ensure you get the hover mower that best suits your requirements.

Don’t worry you are not alone. I have helped hundreds of people over the years to pick a mower that has continues to not only provide years of trouble free service, but also give them a great looking lawn with the least amount of work.

Hover mowers are perfect for those that just want to get the lawn mowed and looking good, without too much physical exertion. But what about the different models available? What size mower should you purchase, how much should you need to pay, what features do you need and so on…

Below, I have provided a guide that will steer you into making the right choice by understanding what hover mowers are available and what you should look out for. Once you know this, you can then use my best hover mower list and reviews below, combined with my handy mower filter tool, so you will be sure you are getting a hover that is just right for you and your circumstances.

OK, enough chit chat, let’s get on to help you shortlist and pick your next hover mower.

Most Popular Flymo Hover Mowers

I have created a comparison table below to show the differences between the range of Flymo hover mowers to assist with your selection.

Best All Rounder
Flymo EasiGlide 300 Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1700W Motor, 30cm...
Best Features
Flymo EasiGlide 330 Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1700W Motor, 33cm...
Good Value
Flymo Hover Vac 260 Electric Hover Lawn Mower, 1400 W, 26 cm Cutting...
Best Lightweight
Flymo Hover Vac 250 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 25cm...
Best Non-collect
Flymo SimpliGlide 360 Hover Lawn Mower - 1800W Motor, 36cm Cutting...
Mower
Flymo EasiGlide 300 Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1700W Motor, 30cm...
Flymo EasiGlide 330 Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1700W Motor, 33cm...
Flymo Hover Vac 260 Electric Hover Lawn Mower, 1400 W, 26 cm Cutting...
Flymo Hover Vac 250 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 25cm...
Flymo SimpliGlide 360 Hover Lawn Mower - 1800W Motor, 36cm Cutting...
Power
1700W
1700W
1400W
1400W
1800W
Height Adjustment
4 (10mm to 30mm)
4 (10mm to 30mm)
4 (10mm to 30mm)
4 (11mm to 31mm)
4 (10mm to 30mm)
Weight
8.2 Kg
8.8 Kg
6.5 Kg
6.5 Kg
7.5 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
30cm
33cm
26cm
25cm
36cm
Cable Length (m)
10 Metres
10 Metres
10 Metres
10 Metres
10 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
20 Litres
20 Litres
15 Litres
15 Litres
N/A
Vision Window
Foldable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Price
£115.00
£121.50
£85.00
£90.00
£118.00
Prime Benefits
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Best All Rounder
Flymo EasiGlide 300 Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1700W Motor, 30cm...
Mower
Flymo EasiGlide 300 Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1700W Motor, 30cm...
Power
1700W
Height Adjustment
4 (10mm to 30mm)
Weight
8.2 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
30cm
Cable Length (m)
10 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
20 Litres
Vision Window
Foldable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Price
£115.00
Prime Benefits
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Full Review
Best Features
Flymo EasiGlide 330 Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1700W Motor, 33cm...
Mower
Flymo EasiGlide 330 Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1700W Motor, 33cm...
Power
1700W
Height Adjustment
4 (10mm to 30mm)
Weight
8.8 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
33cm
Cable Length (m)
10 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
20 Litres
Vision Window
Foldable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Price
£121.50
Prime Benefits
More Information
Full Review
Good Value
Flymo Hover Vac 260 Electric Hover Lawn Mower, 1400 W, 26 cm Cutting...
Mower
Flymo Hover Vac 260 Electric Hover Lawn Mower, 1400 W, 26 cm Cutting...
Power
1400W
Height Adjustment
4 (10mm to 30mm)
Weight
6.5 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
26cm
Cable Length (m)
10 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
15 Litres
Vision Window
Foldable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Price
£85.00
Prime Benefits
-
More Information
Full Review
Best Lightweight
Flymo Hover Vac 250 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 25cm...
Mower
Flymo Hover Vac 250 Electric Hover Collect Lawn Mower - 1400W, 25cm...
Power
1400W
Height Adjustment
4 (11mm to 31mm)
Weight
6.5 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
25cm
Cable Length (m)
10 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
15 Litres
Vision Window
Foldable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Price
£90.00
Prime Benefits
More Information
Full Review
Best Non-collect
Flymo SimpliGlide 360 Hover Lawn Mower - 1800W Motor, 36cm Cutting...
Mower
Flymo SimpliGlide 360 Hover Lawn Mower - 1800W Motor, 36cm Cutting...
Power
1800W
Height Adjustment
4 (10mm to 30mm)
Weight
7.5 Kg
Cutting Width (cm)
36cm
Cable Length (m)
10 Metres
Grassbox
Grassbox Capacity
N/A
Vision Window
Foldable Handles
Dual Handle Control Switch Lever
Price
£118.00
Prime Benefits
More Information
Full Review
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7 Best Hover Mower Reviews

Select your requirements by ticking the applicable boxes below so I can help you pick the perfect electric hover mower for your lawn.

Electric Motor Size
Mower Type: Electric
Motor Power: 1800w
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 36cm
Cut Heights: 4 (12mm - 33mm)
Lawn Size: Large, Medium

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect - Mulching

Summary

The LawnMaster Hover Mower, is powered by an 1800W motor, is designed for medium to larger sized lawns and weighs just 8.38kg. It features a large 36cm cutting blade, 26 litre internal grass collection box and has the ability to cut & collect, mulch the grass cuttings.

More Details

LawnMaster is, without a doubt, one of the best mower brands out there for affordability, performance and features provided. However, when it comes to hover mowers, one would instantly turn to Flymo, but LawnMaster has brought out its LawnMaster hover mower collect 36cm 1800w to rival the original hover brand and I’ve been quite impressed with what I’ve seen.

This model is ideal for medium sized gardens with its 36cm cutting capacity. It’s also got a degree of versatility for homeowners who want some options when maintaining their lawn. This includes a mulching mode, grass collection as well as four cutting heights.

There’s a lot to cover, so in this review, I’ll be going over the finer details and helping you to work out if this is the right piece of equipment for your garden.

I have also created a video review and tested this hover mower on my own lawn, so if you want to see this mower in action check out my video review below.

Main Features

  • 36cm cutting deck
  • Reversible blade
  • 4 cutting heights
  • 26 litre grass box
  • 15 metre power cable
  • Folding handle
  • T-Drive automatic power adjustment
  • Mulching
  • Front wheel for easy transportation
  • 2 year warranty

Conclusion

Affordable, practical and relatively easy to use, the LawnMaster hover mower collect 36cm 1800w is the ideal everyday lawn mower for the homeowner who doesn’t want to mess around. OK, there are a few limitations i.e. the restriction of the power cable, using spacers to adjust the cutting height, but they’re by no means deal breakers and are common with all electric hover mowers.

For what you pay, the features that are included and the cut quality, I would have no issue recommending this LawnMaster hover mower to anyone with a medium sized lawn.

Check out my video review above to see this mower in action for yourself.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Powerful 1800w motor
  • Great for easy lawn maintenance, translucent box, foldable handles, front transport wheel
  • Versatile – ability to switch between cut & collect and mulching
  • Comfortable and easy to use
  • Auto adjusts power to suit conditions
  • Dual sided blade
  • Good build quality at affordable price
  • Long 15 metre power cable
Cons
  • Height adjustment is a little fiddly (common with all hover mowers)
  • Restricted by the length of cable (favourable length compared to other hover mowers)
Mower Type: Electric
Motor Power: 1700w
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 30cm
Cut Heights: 4 (10mm - 30mm)
Lawn Size: Small

Features:

Folding Handles Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect

Features:

Folding Handles
Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect

Summary

Flymo’s EasiGlide 300 is an electric hover mower that has a 30cm deck size designed for a small to medium-sized lawn, an area less than half a tennis court. It is a lightweight hover mower at just 8.2kg and is simple to use, and there are very few parts, so there is minimum maintenance. The Flymo EasiGlide 300 has the added benefit of not only being a hover mower but a hover mower that collects the grass cuttings in its 20 litre integrated collection box.

More Details

Main Features 

  • Lawn Size: small to medium
  • Power: 1700 Watt
  • Cable Length: 10 metre corded, mains power
  • Blade Length: 30cm Metal
  • Number of Cutting Heights: 4 (from 10mm to 30mm)
  • Grass Box Capacity: 20 L
  • Weight: 8.2 Kg

This Mower Is Suitable For

  • People with small to medium sized gardens (200m² or less).
  • People that require lightweight easy to use hover mower.
  • Those that are looking for a functional, reliable and good value mower.
  • Those that requires a good sized 30cm cutting width.
  • Requires a respectable 1700W motor for longer/thicker lawns.
  • People that like a trusted and well supported brand – Flymo.
  • Those that require a mower where parts are easy to obtain.

Conclusion

For those with a smaller lawn, this Flymo EasiGlide 300 is a perfect machine. Some people will be glad to sacrifice extras, for something like this that will cut the lawn, and that is it. If so, a small grass bin is not an issue either. If lifting strength is an issue, a small box is an advantage as well.

The blade is flat and potentially easy to sharpen, but replacement blades are so inexpensive that it would not be worth the effort. The biggest issue for those with uneven gardens is the lack of a height adjustment lever and having to take the blade off to add spacers, however, as already mentioned, once you’ve found the optimum height for your lawn, your are more than likely to leave it set at that.

The reduction of parts has kept the price and weight right down, and that is the audience this mower is aimed at; somebody who wants a simple, great value mower that will get the job done with least effort.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Economical
  • Simple to use
  • Updated model for 2021 - 1700w motor
  • Handle design allows for storage on the wall
  • Compact storage
  • Quiet operation
Cons
  • Smaller Grass Box (but neatly integrated in the mower body)
  • Power cord a little short at 10 metres
Mower Type: Electric
Motor Power: 1700w
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 33cm
Cut Heights: 4 (10mm - 30mm)
Lawn Size: Small

Features:

Folding Handles Grass Box Full Indicator Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect

Features:

Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect

Summary

Flymo’s EasiGlide 330 (VX) is the big brother of the EasiGlide 300 and offers a larger 1700W motor and some extras that make it more user-friendly. The mower uses a hover system to reduce effort when moving around your garden and it is aimed at small to medium garden sizes. The Flymo EasiGlide 330 has a respectable 33cm cutting diameter with an integrated 20 litre grass collection box and weighs in at only 8.2kg.

More Details

Main Features 

  • Lawn Size: small to medium
  • Power: 1700 Watt
  • Cable Length: 10 metre cord, mains power
  • Blade Length: 33cm, metal
  • Number of Cutting Heights: 4 (from 10mm to 30mm)
  • Grass Box Capacity: 20 L
  • Weight: 8.2 Kg

This Mower Is Suitable For

  • People with small to medium sized gardens (250m² or less).
  • People that require lightweight, quiet and easy to use hover mower.
  • Those that are looking for a functional, reliable and good value mower.
  • Those that requires a good sized 33cm cutting width.
  • Requires a respectable 1700W motor for longer/thicker lawns.
  • Those that require a foldable handle mower for compact storage.
  • People that like a trusted and well supported brand - Flymo.
  • Those that require a mower where parts are easy to obtain.

Conclusion

If the aim is to keep a small lawn in check, then this is the perfect machine. It is small enough to live in a small box in the garden or even under the stairwell. The 330VX is clean and quiet, with few moving parts.

Taller operators may find it little uncomfortable to use this mower for longer periods as the handlebars cannot be extended. This is standard across most mowers at this price point and means that the operator may find themselves bending over the machine to push it.

Another great feature of this Flymo EasiGlide 330VX is the rate at which it compacts the grass clippings into its 20 litre grass collection box. This helps to reduce the number of stops and trips needed to be made to the compost bin.

In summary, this is a fantastic  hover mower that is not going to break the bank. It has features that will make cutting your lawn a breeze as opposed to paying for features that are gimmicks and will never be used. This mower can simply be pulled out of the shed or garage, plugged in and will get the job done with minimal fuss and effort. Remember this is a trusted Flymo, they have been in the hover mower business for decades and really do know  how to make a functional, well-built and good value hover mower.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Grass Viewing Window
  • Powerful Motor
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Updated model for 2021 - 1700w motor
  • Handle design allows for storage on the wall
  • Compact storage
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Small Grass Box (but neatly integrated in the mower body)
  • Power cord a little short at 10 metres
Mower Type: Electric
Motor Power: 1400w
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 25cm
Cut Heights: 4 (11mm - 31mm)
Lawn Size: Small

Features:

Folding Handles Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect

Features:

Folding Handles
Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Cut and Collect

Summary

The Flymo Hover Vac 250 is an ergonomically and simple to use hover lawn mower with a respectable 1400 Watt motor designed for small to medium sized lawns. It has a 25cm cutting width and is lightweight at just 6.5Kg and is supplied with an integrated 15 Litre grass collection box. The Flymo Hover Vac 250 has a metal blade for a neater cut that is of good quality and will last longer. There are 4 steps cutting heights from 11mm to 31mm and a 10 metre power cable.

More Details

Flymo’s Hover Vac 250 is the smallest of the family in terms of blade size but retains a powerful 1400 watt motor for more challenging and difficult lawn conditions.

Main Features 

  • Rating: 9.5/10
  • Lawn Size: Small
  • Power: 1400 Watt
  • Cable Length: 10 Metre Cord, Mains Power
  • Blade Length: 25 Cm, Metal
  • Number of Cutting Heights: 4 (11mm to 31mm)
  • Grass Box Capacity: 15 L
  • Weight: 6.5 Kg

This Mower Is Suitable For

  • People with small sized gardens (200m² or less) with narrow strips.
  • People that require lightweight, quiet and easy to use hover mower.
  • Those that are looking for a trusted brand that is reliable and good value for money.
  • Those that require a small compact sized 25cm cutting width.
  • Requires a respectable 1400W motor for longer/thicker lawns.
  • Those that require a dual (left and right) handle control switch lever.
  • Those that require a foldable handle mower for compact storage.
  • Those that require a mower that collects and compacts the grass clippings.
  • People that want an electric hover mower that will promise this level of quality at such good value.

Conclusion

Flymo is more about giving the operator something that is easy to use. An owner of a Flymo is someone that does not want to spend hours getting their mower running after months in winter storage. This mower is ready to go the moment it is plugged in, and there is comfort in knowing that fact.

The rest of the Flymo Hover Vac 250 is simple, and the blades are easy and cheap to replace. The only issue with this model is the size of the blade and the fact that Flymo’s needs more than one pass to cut a patch of grass.

The final decision on whether to buy the mower may be more to do with where it will live. If you have the indulgence of a big garage, you may as well purchase one of the 250’s bigger brothers such as the Flymo Hover Vac 280 or even the large Flymo Easi Glide 330VX models. If you want to put it up on a storage rack or even in the attic, then the Flymo Hover Vac 250 is going to be the best choice.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Lightweight Hover Mower for Ease of Use
  • Quiet Operation
  • Simple to Use
  • Small Machine
  • Budget Low Cost Option
Cons
  • Small Blade
Mower Type: Electric
Motor Power: 1400w
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 25cm
Cut Heights: 4 (11mm - 31mm)
Lawn Size: Small

Features:

Folding Handles Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Features:

Folding Handles
Hover Mower

Cutting Functions:

Summary

The Flymo Turbo Lite 250 is 25cm electric hover lawn mower with a powerful 1400 watt motor, rotary metal blade, 4 height adjustments, 10 metre cable and foldable handles making it very easy to manoeuvre, store and provides a professional cut from heights between 11mm to 31mm.

More Details

Main Features

  • For lawns of up to 250m²
  • Blade length: 25cm
  • Weight: 5 kg
  • Number of Cutting Heights: 4 (from 11mm to 31mm)
  • Grass box capacity: N/A
  • 1400w Power
  • Cable length: 10m

This Mower Is Suitable For

  • People with a small sized gardens (250m² or less).
  • People that require lightweight, quiet and easy to use hover mower.
  • Those that require a mower that does NOT collect the grass clippings.
  • Those that are looking for a trusted brand that is reliable and good value for money.
  • People that require the smallest and lightest electric non-grass collecting hover mover in the Flymo Range.
  • People that require a powerful 1400W motor for longer/thicker lawns.
  • Those that require a dual (left and right) handle control switch lever.
  • Those that require a smaller mower and foldable handles for compact storage and easy transportation.

Conclusion

The Flymo Turbo Lite 250 is a great all round mower that is designed for the maintenance of small sized lawns.

The smaller 25cm deck size along with the 1400W motor make this mower ideal for small lawns and really does make cutting the lawn a breeze. This mower is extremely light at only 5kg, combine this with the Flymo air cushion and the fact that there is no grass box and you really can mow your lawn very quickly and will tackle the most neglected lawn without any challenges.

This mower will easily hang on a bracket on your shed or garage wall due to it being so lightweight and compact. The 10 metre cable is adequate for a smaller lawn and is standard for a mower of this size.

What I like about this mower is the 4 different cutting heights, however you will need to add or remove spacers to the fan to adjust the height – see the video below on how to adjust the Flymo’s height.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Easy to use and lightweight
  • 4 heights of cut (from 11mm to 31mm)
  • Compact mower - easy storage
  • Easy to manoeuvre
  • Left & right starter
  • Hang on the wall
Cons
  • No grass box for collection
  • Height adjustment is a manual process (Spacers)
Mower Type: Electric
Motor Power: 1800w
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 36cm
Cut Heights: 4 (10mm - 30mm)
Lawn Size: Medium

Features:

Folding Handles Hover Mower Vertical Storage

Cutting Functions:

Features:

Folding Handles
Hover Mower
Vertical Storage

Cutting Functions:

Summary

Flymo’s SimpliGlide 360 is the big brother of the SimpliGlide 330 and offers a larger 1800w motor and a 36cm deck. This mower uses a hover system to reduce effort when moving around your lawn and it is aimed at medium garden sizes. The Flymo SimpliGlide 360 has 4 cutting heights that range from a low 10mm to 30mm and weighs in at only 7.5kg.

More Details

Flymo is a well-known brand that is under the Husqvarna umbrella. This instantly lets you know that you will be getting an excellent quality product and the SimpliGlide 360 is a nice little machine. While it isn’t all singing, all dancing, it is the ideal lawn mower for getting outside and quickly cutting the grass before getting on with your day.

It features four cutting heights and always delivers the clippings back to the grass; there isn’t a grass collection box, so you’re not spoilt for choice. However, you’ve got enough there to meet basic domestic needs, which is something that appeals to a lot of homeowners.

Moreover, this is a lawn mower that handles beautifully, so if you want something that isn’t going to feel cumbersome and awkward, this is definitely a model worth considering. There’s quite a lot of other attractive features and in my Flymo SimpliGlide 360 review, I’ll be covering all of them.

Main Features 

  • 36cm cutting width
  • 4 cutting heights from 10mm to 30mm
  • Foldable handle
  • Lightweight at only 7.5kg
  • Front wheels for easy transportation
  • Dual lever operation
  • 1800 watt motor

Conclusion

The Flymo SimpliGlide 360 is a nifty lightweight lawn mower that is perfect for easily maintaining your lawn. It is not bursting with fancy features, but what it does give you is a powerful motor that delivers a very impressive and clean cut for such an affordable piece of equipment.

Manufactured by Husqvarna, you know that you are getting a high quality product that is going to deliver on durability and performance. You can’t ask for more than that for just s sniff over £100.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Updated model for 2021 - 1800w motor
  • Handle design allows for storage on the wall
  • Compact storage
  • Front wheel for easy transport
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Changing the height adjustment is little fiddly due to absence of a central height lever
  • No grass collection option
  • No quick release levers to fold the handles
Mower Type: Electric
Motor Power: 1700w
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 30cm
Cut Heights: 4 (10mm - 30mm)
Lawn Size: Small

Features:

Folding Handles Hover Mower Vertical Storage

Cutting Functions:

Features:

Folding Handles
Hover Mower
Vertical Storage

Cutting Functions:

Summary

The Flymo’s SimpliGlide 300 is an electric hover lawn mower with a 30cm cutting width and foldable handles for reduced storage. It has a 1700w motor, 4 cutting heights ranging from 10mm to 30mm and weighs just 7.3kg.

More Details

One in a line of three hover lawn mowers, the Flymo SimpliGlide 300 is the smallest in the collection. It is designed for small gardens and has a decent 30cm cutting deck to meet the needs of a more compact space. What’s more, thanks to a lengthy power cable, you will be able to whip around the garden without restriction.

This ease of use is further backed by excellent maneuverability. Floating on a cushion of air and with a lightweight design, the Flymo SimpliGlide 300 moves around your garden effortlessly. This takes a lot of the hassle out of maintaining your lawn.

This lawn mower isn’t bursting with the number of features you might expect from a more complex machine, but it certainly has more than enough to meet the needs of the average homeowner looking to keep their garden neat and tidy.

In my Flymo SimpliGlide 300 review, I’ll be giving you a closer look at some of the features and showing you why this lawn mower might be perfect for you.

Main Features 

  • 30cm cutting width
  • 4 cutting heights from 10mm to 30mm
  • Foldable handle
  • Lightweight at only 7.3kg
  • Front wheels for easy transportation
  • Dual lever operation
  • 1700 watt motor

Conclusion

I have spent some time looking at the entire SimplGlide range from Flymo and I have to say that I have been impressed by these mowers. The smallest in the collection, the Flymo SimpliGlide 300 is made for small gardens and meets the needs of people who want something that is easy to store.

While it might not come with a whole host of complex features, it brings you more than enough to get your everyday gardening done without a fuss. What’s more, it has some features that even the most high-end mowers can’t lay claim to such as a low 10mm cutting height.

Designed for user friendliness and excellent manoeuvrability, the Flymo SimpliGlide 300 is the perfect mower for domestic gardening.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Updated model for 2021 - 1700w motor
  • Handle design allows for storage on the wall
  • Compact storage
  • Low 10mm cutting height
  • Front wheel for easy transport
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Changing the height adjustment is little fiddly due to absence of a central height lever
  • No grass collection option
  • No quick release levers to fold the handles
Mower Type: Electric
Motor Power: 1700w
Cut Type: Rotary
Deck Size: 33cm
Cut Heights: 4 (10mm - 30mm)
Lawn Size: Medium, Small

Features:

Folding Handles Hover Mower Vertical Storage

Cutting Functions:

Features:

Folding Handles
Hover Mower
Vertical Storage

Cutting Functions:

Summary

The Flymo’s SimpliGlide 330 is an electric hover lawn mower with a 33cm cutting width and foldable handles for reduced storage. It has a 1700w motor, 4 cutting heights ranging from 10mm to 30mm and weighs just 7.3kg.

More Details

There are 3 varying SimpliGlide models in the range. The Flymo SimpliGlide 330 is the big brother to that of the SimpliGlide 300 and offers the same 1700w motor but a larger 33cm deck. There is also a larger model, the Flymo SimpliGlide 360 with a larger 1800w motor and 36cm cutting width.

In terms of convenience and ease of use, there aren’t many lawn mowers that are as well equipped as the Flymo SimpliGlide 330. Now, I’ll be upfront from the beginning, this isn’t a mower that comes with a massive range of features. This is a simple lawn mower that is ideal for anyone looking for something hassle-free to just get the lawn cut.

The Flymo SimpliGlide 330 has a 33cm cutting deck and a powerful metal blade that is perfect for dense or thick grass. It is powered by a 1700 watt motor which gives it some real welly, even on sloped or uneven lawns.

The four cutting heights give you just enough for most domestic situations and with a low of 10mm, this is one of the best mowers if you want a really close cut. It’s beautifully easy to manoeuvre and when it comes to storage, the mower has some pretty handy features. I will be looking at these features and many more in my Flymo SimpliGlide 330 review, so let’s get cracking.

Main Features 

  • 33cm cutting width
  • 4 cutting heights from 10mm to 30mm
  • Foldable handle
  • Lightweight at only 7.3kg
  • Front wheels for easy transportation
  • Dual lever operation
  • 1700 watt motor

Conclusion

I was really impressed with the Flymo SimpliGlide 330 despite it being one of the more simple lawn mowers on the market. It doesn’t come with any frills but it will give your grass a clean cut and you won’t have to break your back whilst doing it.

The mower is lightweight and easy to use. While it only has four cutting heights and no grass collection box, this doesn’t matter if you want something for everyday domestic use.

Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Updated model for 2021 - 1700w motor
  • Handle design allows for storage on the wall
  • Compact storage
  • Low 10mm cutting height
  • Front wheel for easy transport
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Changing the height adjustment is little fiddly due to absence of a central height lever
  • No grass collection option
  • No quick release levers to fold the handles

Guide To Buying An Electric Hover Mower

What Makes A Good Electric Hover Mower?

To understand what makes a good hover mower it is a good idea to know how a hover mower actually works.

Hover mowers demonstrate an interesting approach to removing as many moving parts from the lawn mower as possible. Rather than the machine running on fixed or swivel wheels, a fan develops a high-pressure cushion area under the deck of the hover mower, so essentially the mower is floating on air.

Main Characteristics Of Hover Mowers

So how does this technology make a lawn mower a suitable contender to be on your shopping list and what are its benefits compared to a traditional lawn mower? There are many homeowners out there that, once they have tried a hover mower, would never go back to a four wheeled model. But why is this? Below I have listed some of the main characteristics of a hover mower so you can be confident in choosing the best hover mower for your personal circumstances.

  • Hover mowers are extremely manoeuvrable as they hover and there is little contact with the lawn.
  • Hover mowers can be easily moved in any direction.
  • Ideal for sloped lawns due to less force needed to push/pull.
  • They are normally lighter in weight compared to their wheeled electric, petrol or battery counterparts.
  • Electric hover mowers produce low noise levels.
  • They have low resistance to travel due to the hovering on cushion of air, therefore physical effort is minimal.
  • They work well on lawns with obstacles that need to be navigated around.
  • Hover mowers, like all electric mowers require less maintenance, compared to petrol mowers.
  • Easy and compact storage.
  • No external grass collection box as either integrated or not present.

Best Hover MowerHover Mower Power

As the older style electric hover mowers did not have grass collection bags, they only needed enough power to move the blade. As hover lawn mowers have progressed, the efficiency of the motors has developed with them, as they now produce a lot more torque for the same power.

Manufacturers of hover mowers have a better understanding of the typical size and type of gardens their customers have. Companies like Flymo made their adjustments to develop an economical machine. A lighter motor makes it float better and is easier to hang the unit in a shed or garage. The greater the torque, the better the cutting power and ability to collect and compact the grass clippings in those that now have integrated grass collection boxes. If the motor is stronger and more powerful, it can perform the process of vacuuming up the grass and compressing it into the collection box as well as, if not better than, its wheeled competitors. Generally, hover mowers will have more powerful motors than a standard mower due to the additional power required to lift the machine while in use. I would not recommend choosing a hover mower with a motor less than 1400w as from my experience this would be underpowered. For example, the Flymo SimpliGlide 360 has an excellent 1800 motor that provides it with excellent manoeuvrability and cutting power.

Power cables are unavoidable when it comes to an electric hover mower. A petrol engine with its fuel tank weighs a considerable amount more than an electric motor, and lithium-ion batteries are still expensive and will again add to the overall weight.

When choosing a corded hover mower, it is important to look at the length and quality of the cable. A longer cord is not always better as it is more likely to get twisted and get in the way.

Blades & Cutting Width

The size of the cutting width will be determined largely by the size of your lawn. The cutting width of hover mowers range between 25cm and 36cm, so it is essential to choose one that is suitable for the square meterage and terrain of your lawn and the storage space you have available.

Cutting diameters of electric hover mowers tend to be smaller than those of traditional machines. The blade is one of the heaviest components, and a bigger blade means a bigger motor. It is unusual to find a blade diameter beyond 38 centimetres.

The hover mowers are ideal for manoeuvring around small tight gardens, and not for cutting miles of grass in a straight line. They can be moved easily in any direction and are ideal for lawns that have inclines or obstacles to be manoeuvred around and this should be taken into consideration when choosing your new hover mower.

Hover Mowers Height Adjustment

Under the lifting fan is the cutting blade, and as with all mowers, this height is adjustable. To ensure that hover mowers are light enough to float above the grass, manufacturers do away with complexities that add additional weight such as the height adjustment mechanism.

Hover movers tend to use spacers between the blade and the fan. Hover mowers should be provided with a tool to undo the bolt that attaches the blade, and a splitter to help separate the spacers from one another.

Most hover mowers will give you a maximum of 4 cutting heights ranging between 10mm and 30mm.

Below is a video that shows you the process of adjusting the height on a typical hover mower.

Some homeowners might see the process of adjusting the height of a hover mower as time-consuming and cumbersome. Whilst it is true, that this will take more time and effort when compared to a traditional mower, it is by no means difficult to do and is the only way that manufacturers can allow the height to be adjusted. If you believe that you are going to be adjusting the height of your mower on a regular basis, then I would question whether or not a hover mower is the best choice in these circumstances.

Grass Collection Box

Some non-collection hover models force the cut grass out from under the lip and across the lawn. On the other hand, the cut and collect versions of hover mowers now have an integrated grass collection box within the main body, and have improved the blade design for more effective collection and that requires less passes due to a sharper precision cut.

Most hover mowers will not mulch, due to the way they function and fan the cuttings through the blades. They do however cut the clippings small in order to reduce the space taken up in the grass collection box.

Some models even have the option of a clear plastic collection box. This enables you to see when the grass collection box is getting full and needs to be emptied, removing the guesswork.

Hover Mower Practicalities

Hover mowers are lightweight and simple to operate; they offer the flexibility of storage that a petrol mower cannot provide. An electric hover mover can hang at any angle without leaking oil and they are fast to set up and get started. It is a question of economising on time, and a hover mower is an option that will simply get the job done quickly from start to finish.

A petrol mower needs continual maintenance and refuelling; it has many more working parts and more to replace. A hover mower is much quieter, cleaner to run than their petrol cousins, not to mention more budget friendly.

Hover Mower Safety

Hover MowersIn terms of safety always follow the manufacturers safety advice in the user manual.

Electric hover movers do not have as many safety features as petrol mowers. There are safety switches to allow the controllers to activate the throttles, but that is about it. The consensus with any machine of this type is to unplug it before you turn it over for cleaning or height adjustment.

Make sure that the blade nut is done up tight and that it is plugged into a proper wall socket with a residual circuit breaker. Electric lawn mowers tend to have surge protectors to protect the motor.

Even though hover mowers float, they will still cut the wire. It is better to trail the power cord behind the machine and always guide the electric cable round the garden, so it doesn’t get caught.

Pros & Cons Of Hover Mowers

Pros
  • Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre as travels on cushion of air
  • Good value
  • Suitable for small to medium sized gardens
  • Good for uneven and hilly lawns and gardens
  • Powerful motors that cut effectively
  • Easy and compact to store
  • Economical to run and maintain
  • Integrated grass collection boxes
  • Quieter operation
  • Simple to operate
Cons
  • Do not create an attractive striped lawn appearance
  • Limited height adjustment and range
  • Height adjustment is manual
  • Limited features and cutting options

 

Conclusion

It is indisputable that an electric corded mower is a lot more efficient and greener than a petrol mower. Electric corded hover mowers do not need a degree in mechanics to get them up and running, and they are easy to maintain.

Hover mowers have a small cutting footprint, and because of the hover, it can take a few passes over the same area to get all the grass cut. It is worth spending the time looking at whether your garden is too big to make buying a hover mower a suitable consideration.

If mobility or strength is an issue for the operator, then a hover mower can be a real solution. The cushion of air reduces the friction between the mower and the lawn making it easier than a wheeled mower to manoeuvre. Having said that, the idea of a hover mower is to swing it from side to side as well as backward and forward. By its very nature “swinging” side to side is going to be harder to perform for less physically abled operators. You can always push the hover mower backward and forward like a traditional wheeled mower, this will be easier due to the cushion of air.

Which hover mower is the best choice for you depends on so many personal preferences and lawn situations. To help you out use the list below to shortlist a hover mower that is going to meet all of your needs and preferences and will serve you well throughout the seasons. If you have any questions feel free to use the comments box below and I will be happy to help.


Best Hover Mower List

ImageMower NameDeckFeaturesMore Details
LawnMaster Hover Mower Collect 36cm 1800W Review - MEH1836-01

LawnMaster Hover Mower Collect 36cm 1800W Review - MEH1836-01

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Cut and Collect
Mulching
4 (12mm - 33mm)1800Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hover Mower
84
Flymo SimpliGlide 300 Review

Flymo SimpliGlide 300 Review

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Full Review
4 (10mm - 30mm)1700Folding Handles
Hover Mower
Vertical Storage
81
Flymo SimpliGlide 330 Review

Flymo SimpliGlide 330 Review

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4 (10mm - 30mm)1700Folding Handles
Hover Mower
Vertical Storage
81
Flymo SimpliGlide 360 Review

Flymo SimpliGlide 360 Review

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Full Review
4 (10mm - 30mm)1800Folding Handles
Hover Mower
Vertical Storage
82
Flymo Turbo Lite 250 Review - (Turbo Lite 260) Electric Hover Lawn Mower 1400W

Flymo Turbo Lite 250 Review - (Turbo Lite 260) Electric Hover Lawn Mower 1400W

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4 (11mm - 31mm)1400Folding Handles
Hover Mower
82
Flymo Hover Vac 250 Review - (260 - 270) Electric Hover Collect Lawnmower

Flymo Hover Vac 250 Review - (260 - 270) Electric Hover Collect Lawnmower

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Full Review
Cut and Collect4 (11mm - 31mm)1400Folding Handles
Hover Mower
83
Flymo EasiGlide 330 Review (VX)

Flymo EasiGlide 330 Review (VX)

33Check Price

Full Review
Cut and Collect4 (10mm - 30mm)1700Folding Handles
Grass Box Full Indicator
Hover Mower
84
Flymo EasiGlide 300 Review

Flymo EasiGlide 300 Review

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Full Review
Cut and Collect4 (10mm - 30mm)1700Folding Handles
Hover Mower
84

Hover Mowers FAQs

Are Hover Mowers Worth It?

Hover mowers do not have the same power as a petrol or even a regular electric mower, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have a wealth of other benefits. They’re incredibly easy to use for starters, which makes them ideal for people whose mobility or strength is limited. Moreover, they’re very lightweight and compact, so are good if you’re limited on storage space.

How Does A Hover Mower Work?

Hover mowers, as their name suggests, hover on a cushion of air which is created by the mower when the blade is powered up and spinning at speed. Moving the lawn mower on this cushion of air, slightly above the grass, gives the blades space to cut.

Who Invented The Hover Mower?

The hover lawn mower was invented in 1964 by a guy called Karl Dahlman. His design was inspired by the hovercraft and Swedish company Flymo took on the design and this is one of their most well known products. Also note that Flymo falls under the umbrella of Husqvarna, just in case you were in any doubt of its quality.

Do Hover Mowers Collect Grass?

Hover mowers can come with a grass box at the rear or are centrally mounted to the machine, where most of the clippings are drawn in so that you can dispose of them conveniently. However, these mowers are known for their tendency to drop some of the clippings back onto the lawn, so you may need to rake up a little afterwards. If you really are looking for a lightweight hover mower, then models are available that do not collect the cuttings.

Do Hover Mowers Make Stripes?

Striped lawns are created through the use of a rear roller which adds weight to the grass, changing the direction of the blades by force which then creates a striped appearance. Since hover mowers cannot have a rear roller fitted, it is not possible to create a striped lawn.

Do Hover Mowers Cut Well?

Hover mowers may not give as clean and sharp a cut as some other types of mower, but that isn’t to say that they are not good per se. It all depends on what you’re looking to achieve with your mower. If you want something for easy and regular maintenance of a lawn, then a hover mower will suffice. However, if you need a mower that’ll tackle dense grass or give a professional, manicured finish, then hover mowers might not be right for you and won’t offer the cut you require.

Can You Get A Cordless Hover Mower?

All hover mowers were powered by mains electric, but that was up until recently when Cobra, one of the most well renowned lawn mower manufacturers in the world, released the first ever cordless hover mower.

Is It Safe To Mow Wet Grass With An Electric Hover Mower?

When using your electric hover mower, I would never suggest cutting wet grass. Water and electricity do not mix and doing so runs the risk of damaging the internal workings of your machine. What’s more, and perhaps more importantly, this carries a risk of electric shock and simply isn’t worth it. Besides cutting wet or even damp grass will cause the mower to clog and prevent it from cutting effectively.

What Is The Largest Hover Mower?

Hover mowers are designed to be more compact, but Flymo makes the SimpliGlide which is one of the largest of its kind and is ideal for bigger lawns with its 36cm cutting width.

How Long Will An Electric Hover Mower Last?

Electric mowers, hovering or not, usually come with a pretty generous warranty, but the mower will likely outlast this provided that you take good care of it. Most electric hover models will last up to ten years, but on average, you can expect to get around five years use out of them.

What Is The Lightest Flymo?

If you’re looking for a super lightweight hover mower, then the Flymo Turbo Lite 330 is an excellent choice as it weighs just a little over 6kg. This is perfect if you have problems with strength and stamina, but still gives you everything you would expect from this type of equipment.

Why Won’t My Hover Mower Hover?

If you notice that your hover mower is not hovering slightly above the grass as it is supposed to, then this is likely due to a layer of thatch or moss on the lawn which can prevent the air cushion from working as it should. To get rid of this problem you will need to scarify your lawn before mowing it.

 

 

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